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“Best Hotel Experience Anywhere!” 5 of 5 stars
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Harmony Hotel Nosara
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Guiones Beach, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Nosara
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Mill Valley, California
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“Best Hotel Experience Anywhere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

The Harmony Hotel and Nosara area are the perfect expressions of Costa Rica – beautiful environment, exciting activities, ecologically conscious and educational and happy, thoughtful, warm, professional people.

Studies have shown that Costa Rican s are the happiest people on earth. And this seemed true of the people we met at the Harmony Hotel. I suspect it has something to do with their attitude toward helping other people. I was completely charmed and inspired by how Costa Ricans respond to the words “thank you.” Instead of saying “it’s nothing” or “you are welcome,” they say: “con mucho gusto” / “with much pleasure.” The expression “con much gusto” describes service at the Harmony Hotel. Everyone does everything with such pleasure and grace that one gets the feeling of being in a utopia.

This attitude – getting genuine pleasure from life and helping other people -- is contagious when staying at the Harmony Hotel and something I am trying very hard to hold onto now that I am back home.

Other notes on the Harmony Hotel:
- The rooms are simple, but the service and hotel grounds make the stay seem luxurious
- The grounds and pool at the hotel are fantastic
- A charming path takes you to Playa Guiones for great surf for all abilities.
- Lots of wildlife to observe
- Fantastic lobby and game patio
- Our whole family felt extremely cared for during our stay. The Hotel has thought of many small details – like cool tonics and smoothies offered upon arrival
- Sustainability programs are educational and enjoyable and not at all preachy
- The restaurant and healing center café are amazing. Great food for adults and children alike.
- Same for drinks, smoothies and cocktails are made with amazing ingredients and love
- Great gift shop
- Great. Great. Great.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Irving, Texas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

We went away for a no kids vacation and choose Harmony and we were anything but disappointed with the hotel. From the instant we checked in everyone at the hotel was warm and welcoming. The pool was gorgeous as were the rooms and jungle built around the hotel. The restaurant was top notch and served Tico dishes with much of the vegetables grown on site. What wasn't grown on the property was sourced locally from one of the many farms in village around. Don't miss Nosara or this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hampshire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

WE had high expectations of the Harmony hotel from the website and reviews. We were not disappointed. We ( my husband and two teenage sons) stayed at the hotel for a week during a 3 week trip to Costa Rica.
We made use of the facilities... the healing centre is beautiful, yoga and pilates classes excellent. I had some treatments which were of a a very good standard.
The staff were very helpful and friendly. The sustainability side of the hotel is very commendable and I would certainly recommend taking the sustainability tour with Gerard.
The breakfasts are amazing!
In fact I cannot think of a single negative point about the hotel.

Room Tip: We stayed in rooms 21 and 22 which are interconnecting, so great for familities
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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harmonyNosara, General Manager at Harmony Hotel Nosara, responded to this review, August 25, 2011
Dear Catherine P,
Thank you for your great review of your stay at Harmony. We are excited to hear that we met your high expectations and reviews like yours are a great motivation for us to get even better. Thanks for pointing out the sustainability tour and recommending it to future guests. We feel it can make a great difference in a guest’s stay and connect you better with the local culture. We hope to have you back at Harmony soon!
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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

we stayed at the harmony hotel for a week and LOVED it. the rooms are simple and clean: nestled amongst a lush landscaping that provides privacy. the overall atmosphere is tranquil and relaxing. the staff is super accommodating. their focus on sustainability is refreshing. the organic juice bar offers wonderful lunch options and coffee drinks to enjoy to go or in the adjoining tiki hut. the food in the hotel restaurant is clearly the best in town.
the spa offers plenty of treatments and also yoga classes. we were there for surf camp so i was only able to make it to one yoga class. i wish there had been more classes offered throughout the day but it was the beginning of their slow season. other than that, can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Salvador, El Salvador
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

My husband and I are into surfing and yoga, we thought Nosara was a great destination to enjoy these activities...little did we know it would turn out to be an spectacular vacation. The Hamony Hotel played the greatest role in making our stay just perfect. I can't even describe all the amenities this hotel has to offer: a juice bar with fresh and delicious local fruits, a great restaurant, the Healing Center with amazing massages and yoga classes...all these just a walk away from the beach.
The staff were incredibly polite and helpful.
We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

Had a great trip. Enjoyed the hotel, yoga and great food. This is by no means an inexpensive place to stay, but well worth every penny!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

To walk to the Yoga pavilon each morning and hear the sounds of the jungle while doing a great yoga class was a treat. Right after yoga breakfast was ready and waiting. It was truely a no stress vacation.

Room Tip: We had the bungelow unit with 2 full bedrooms and shared bath. Perfect for our different sleeping h...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Harmony Hotel Nosara

Address: Guiones Beach, Nosara 5233, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Nosara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Nosara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Harmony Hotel Nosara 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Harmony Hotel is the perfect combination of low-key luxury, nature, wellness and sustainability. Situated on Guiones Beach in Nosara, Costa Rica, a spot well renowned for its beautiful surroundings and impressive surf, this is an excellent place to unwind, relax and get in tune with your natural rhythm. The Harmony Hotel is part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges. ... more   less 
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